Commuter #734 563A blankly stares out across Times Square, just another number, just another day in the cold soul-less grind of the big city.
So far I’ve been more than Impressed with the jpegs coming straight out my new Fuji x10 compact camera. I’m able to stretch them alot in post without ruining them but moreover the colours and exposure is wonderful. Using the auto settings on this fuji it just gets the shot nearly every time, using a very clever mode called EXR which is far too complex to explain here – Fuji have really nailed it and I’m thoroughly impressed. You should have seen the faces of the DSLR tripod-filter-long exposure-timer-weighed-down-with-gear-freezing-t&$S-off crew lined up on Brighton Beach when they saw me rock up, whip the little retro Fuji out my messenger bag, peel off a couple of shots on a gorilla pod, then return to the warmth of the rub a dub – priceless! If you are hunting a new camera during the post-Christmas sales, I would recommend the Fuji x10 as one of the best current compact cameras on the market. there’s lots of detailed reviews via the hyperlink above, Steve Huff’s is worth a read.
During my trip to Peru in 2010 I fulfilled a lifetime ambition, spending a week at a rustic lodge on the Amazon near the Brazilian Border. Anthony and the Otorongo Expeditions crew ensured a magical week exploring all the jungle had to offer. My time included a visit to a Yaguay settlement where this picture was taken, as i learnt about the various challenges faced by the Yaguay as Western culture, politics, business and environmental concerns challenge their traditional way of life, a way of living at one with the forest.
Warming up to Chrimbo, lots on. Still, one of my many inner mantra’s is telling me I must march on with the years photos. I haven’t even started on my wedding and honeymoon shots, poor form! So I’ve just finished this pic whilst surrounded by the remains of last nights dinner party. This was taken at 11.30pm on the mudflats of Luskentyre, Isle of Harris last June. A long exposure was needed, press the shutter, hold and pause – cue some more amazement at the colours and shapes formed by the eternal evening light of summer in the outer reaches of North West Scotland. Guess I shouldn’t spoil that by mentioning the midges. The midges, the midges, damn you the midges….
Fishing at dusk in Kerhshader, Isle of Lewis, I watched otters tracking the shoreline in search of an evening feed. Dolphins broke water further out in the bay, playing long into why seemed like an eternal summers evening in the far north west of Scotland. A long exposure was called for to capture the serenity, calmness and clarity of the beautiful sea before me.
A man begs in the snow on St Charles Bridge, Prague last December